The Ministry of Education, Youth and Information, in support of the United Nations focus on promoting the importance of sustainable development goals, is inviting schools across the island to observe the World’s Largest Lesson (WLL) Week from November 12 to 16.
According to a bulletin issued by the Ministry, WLL is part of a global effort to promote the 17 Global Goals for Sustainable Development (GGSD). These sustainable development goals are the blueprint to achieving a better and more sustainable future for all, and are designed to tackle a range of development challenges.
The objective of the Ministry is to ensure children and young people are educated about the GGSD. This year, schools are encouraged to adapt and deliver the lesson on Goal number 16, which promotes peace, justice and strong institutions.
GGSD number 16 posits that the threats of international homicide, violence against children, human trafficking and sexual violence are important to address, so as to promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development.
The Ministry is also encouraging schools to observe National Play Day on November 20, which is also being observed as International Children’s Day. The target group is the primary students.
National Play Day, a child-centred initiative, is an offshoot of a games-based manual for grades one to three that was launched in 2017, and is linked to the national primary-school curriculum.
Entities such as the Jamaica Teachers’ Association (JTA), the National Parenting Support Commission (NPSC), the Peace Corps, several non-governmental organisations and private-sector companies and foundations will visit schools to share the value of play as a teaching and learning tool.